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Civic Engagement & Leadership

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New York Times Talks

Join the conversation by attending a New York Times Talk. New York Times Talks are a way to get students more engaged with local, regional, national, and/or international occurrences. Students, faculty, and staff gather to discuss and have a conversation on a topic that is right from the headlines. Talks are usually facilitated by a TU faculty or staff member. We don’t just feed the brain we also feed you! Free pizza and beverages are provided at each of the Talks.


Past topics have ranged from health care reform to gay marriage, immigration to climate change. Attendees are encouraged to be active participants in the conversation, as well as have an open mind and be respectful of other’s thoughts, opinions, and ideas.


The New York Times Talks are now held twice a month from 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM in the University Union Room 305. See schedule below for more details.

The Office of Civic Engagement & Leadership is looking for dynamic faculty and staff members who are interested in engaging students, faculty, and staff in a conversation about topics facing our neighborhoods, our nation, and our country ripped right from the headlines!

If you are interested in facilitating a New York Times Talk or have any questions about facilitating a talk please contact Scott Hackett, Coordinator for Civic Engagement at


Spring 2015 Schedule:

Topic Facilitator(s) Date & Time Location Relevant Articles
Are Good Intentions Enough? Understanding Bias

Anee Korme

Asst. Director

Center for Student Diversity

Tues. Feb. 10

12:00 - 1:30 PM

University Union 305

The Measuring Sticks of Racial Bias

FBI Employees with Ties Abroad See Security Bias

Vaccines: Politics, Science, the Media & Your Health

Lenore Meyers

Health Educator

TU Health Center

Thurs. Feb. 26

12:00 - 1:30 PM

University Union 305

Measles Proves Delicate Issue to GOP Field

A Discredited Vaccine Studys Continuing Impact on Public

Spreading Along with Measles Polarization on a Hot Button Issue

Family + Career? Creating a Work / Life Balance

Joyce Garczynski

Communications & Development Librarian

Cook Library

Thurs. Mar. 12

12:00 - 1:30 PM

University Union 305

A Child Helps Your Career, if Youíre a Man

Why U.S. Women Are Leaving Jobs Behind

Stop Checking Email So Often

"Ethnic Civil Wars, Global Instability & American Foreign Policy"

Joseph Rudolph


Political Science Dept.

Tues. Mar. 24

12:00 - 1:30 PM

University Union 305

The Outlook on a Ukraine Stalemate

In Ukraine, It's Putin's Game


Carly Heasly

Coordinator - Greek Life

Mahnoor Ahmed

Assoc Dir. - Center for Student Diversity

Thurs. April 9

12:00 - 1:30 PM

University Union 305

...coming soon

...coming soon

Tues. April 21

12:00 - 1:30 PM

University Union 305

...coming soon

...coming soon

Tues. May 5

12:00 - 1:30 PM

University Union 305  

Past New York Times Talk Lunches

NY Times Talk Lunches have been a Towson tradition for the past several terms. Each term brings new issues to the forefront, promoting fresh debate and new ideas.


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Phone: 410-704-2806
Fax: 410-704-3441




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